Conversion Therapy and Free Speech

Last Spring the Janus Forum held a debate about restricting speech on college campuses.  Jonathan Rauch, Contributing Editor at The Atlantic & Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute argued it should. In the debate, Rauch discussed the marketplace of ideas as it relates to progress for the LGBTQ+ community.  However, a recent court decision in Tampa sided with a christian advocacy group in determining that a ban on conversion therapy violates the free speech component of the first amendment– a clear source of tension in the argument made by Rauch.

Here is where you can read the Washington Post article on this subject, and you can find the court decision here.

 If you missed the debate on free speech or need a refresher you can watch it here

You can also read Rauch’s work here.